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What Size Rug For Living Room?

Most living rooms host a rug in the center of the room. This is for multiple reasons. A few of them being layout, comfort, and balance. But how do you know what type of rug is good for you? Which pattern or color should you choose? Or, more importantly, what size rug for living room use?

Today, we’ll go over what you need to know about living room rugs and how to find out what size rug for the living room will work out best for your space. 

What Size Rug For Living Room?

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Let me start off by saying that the size of rug you choose for your living room is completely up to you. That said, there are a few guidelines that designers use that can help you decide what size rug for the living room is most aesthetically pleasing. 

The ratio of rug-to-livingroom is important. However, since there are only a few different sizes of living room rugs, we tend to focus on those rugs in order to pick the perfect size. 

This is all personal preference of course, but if you want to stick with the standard, then you’ve come to the right place. To understand rug sizes, you need to understand the different standard rug sizes that are used in the living room.


This is probably the most common rug size for living rooms. This is likely because the average couch length is about seven feet. Because of this, the layout for an eight-foot rug is ideal. You can overlap with your couch or set the rug in front. 

Of course, you can also put all four legs on the living room rug, but this isn’t ideal. We’ll talk more about that later and why most people don’t put their entire couch on their rug.


The nine-by-twelve rug is also quite popular, though not as popular as the five-by-eight. The nine-by-twelve works great with large couches or with large chairs with a table in between. They are quite spacious. 

You likely won’t find a rug larger than this for the living room at most stores. That’s because in most living rooms this rug takes up about half of the room in an average-sized living room. Any larger than that isn’t recommended. 


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This is another rug size that you’ll see often. It can work for any room in the house that is at least ten feet wide. The ratio with this rug is what we call the “golden ratio.” After all, it is the most popular photo ratio too.

You can also get 4×6 rugs which are half the size of the 8×10 yet have the same ratio. They are used in bedrooms a lot but can be seen in the center of living rooms too.


This is the smallest rug size for living rooms. While you can get smaller rugs, they are usually put in the bathroom or kitchen and are usually used for safety reasons. However, if your living room is small, this rug size and ratio is perfect. 

This size of rug can also fit perfectly under a rocking chair and can make the room look much cozier. 


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For extra-large living rooms, this rug size is ideal. It’s hard to find rugs this large, so if you do, snatch it up right away. You probably know that the larger the rug, the more expensive it will be. This means that this rug size doesn’t come cheap. 

If this rug is what you want but it’s too expensive, consider downsizing and saving money. The 9×12 rug may work just as well and come at a fraction of the prize. Six feet is a lot, but so is a few hundred bucks!

Rearranging The Furniture 

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This is the next thing you need to know when choosing the perfect sized living room rug. It’s better to decide how you will rearrange the furniture before you decide on the size of the rug that you want to buy. 

There are a few different ways to rearrange a living room with a rug. They all involve the couch, as the majority of living rooms house a sofa, and they are the main focus of a living room if present.

All Feet On The Rug

This is probably one of the less common ways to rearrange the living room. The only reason it is less popular is because most rugs aren’t big enough for all of the furniture in your living room. 

Although you can just put your couch on the rug and leave the other furniture off, this often feels off-balanced. If you do choose to put all feet on your rug, you can always try doing it with a chair or two, which takes up less space.

Front Feet On The Rug

This is quite common because it brings the room together without taking up all of the rug space. Most living rooms use this layout. It leaves the living room balanced and gives you space to walk on that cozy rug that you picked out.

Just make sure that if your rug is thick that you add padding to the back legs of the couch so the couch will be safe and balanced. You can by padding online or you can make your own with household objects. 

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With smaller rugs, this is very common. However, more often than not, a coffee table is placed in the center. This is especially useful if your coffee table is scooted across the floor often. It will prevent hardwood floors from getting scratched. 

If you do want to scoot your coffee table, make sure that the rug isn’t a shag rug as it will tear or tangle. Packed rugs that are thin are best for scooting furniture on.

Best Living Room Rugs

So where do you buy the best living room rugs for your room size? That’s what we’re here to tell you. Let’s start off with just one particularly gorgeous choice for each of the standard rug sizes used in living rooms. 

Three Posts Malaysian Braided Rug – 12×18

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Lucky for you, this rug comes in over 30 shapes and sizes. However, we’re going to highlight their 12×18 size because it’s just so rare. The simple braided design and creamy color make it perfect for any house and any design style. 

Rugs work best when they are a neutral color of the furniture is bright and a bright color if the furniture is neutral. This adds balance and completes a look with the ultimate flow.

Williston Forge Abderus Abstract Rug – 9×12

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Another rug that comes in many sizes, the 9×12 being one of their most popular. The design here is abstract, yet simple, making it the perfect work of art for most living rooms. The rug was made in Turkey and created by a power loom.

Solid Color Rug With Multiple Designers – 8×10

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This rug is the rug in your dreams! There are twenty colors to choose from, including the often neglected orange. Each rug is stain-resistant and soft to walk on. This perfect combination is rare so jump at the chance if this rug intrigues you. 

George Oliver Elenora Shag – 5×8

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This rug is 5’3″ by 7′ but follows the same rules as the 5×8 rugs. It works great for a standard living room and couch due to the size. It’s also small enough that the bold design doesn’t overwhelm the room. 

Foundry Select Acklin Southwestern Rug – 3×5

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If you live in New Mexico, Texas, or Arizona, you’ve seen rugs like these. You’ve probably had a rug like this! The colors here are what makes it special, not just the design. The sweet pastels will complement any living room with similar coloring.

Living Room Rugs For Inspiration

Just because most people choose a simple rectangle living room rug that’s just the right proportion doesn’t mean you have to. There are plenty of ways to change things up, here are just a few of them!

Round Living Room Rug

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A round living room rug is not unheard of. It’s a great way to mix things up without going too far out there. This is especially handy if the other furniture in your living room is round. Shapes matter!

Raised Living Room Rug

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Did you know that 3D living room rugs are a thing? That’s right, you can get raised rugs that feet amazing to walk on and give an entirely new dynamic to your living room. This particular setup is delightful and cozy. 

Living Room Rug Runner

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Living room rugs can also be runners. Or rather, runners can be used as living room rugs. This is definitely useful when your house is oblong like a trailer house and you need something to fit the space.

If you can’t find a runner you like, you can hide the end of one rug under a piece of furniture and attach a rug that has the same pattern to it.

Open Concept Living Room Rug

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That’s right! Rugs can bring two rooms together easily. The most common type of open concept house puts a dining room and living room in the same room. There’s no better way to make this work than to put a rug under them both.

Eclectic Living Room Rug

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Your house should be as unique as you are. If you feel like getting a quirky zebra print rug then go for it! Rugs come in all shapes and sizes and there’s no reason not to branch out and get a little crazy.

Let that personality shine!